Enfield Council has committed to cutting meat from its menu. Future events will only offer vegan and vegetarian options in response to the climate crisis.

A council in London is set to ban meat as part of its efforts to fight climate change. From December, only vegan and vegetarian options will be offered at events hosted by Enfield Council. The local authority is understood to be the first in the UK to announce such a move.

Setting out the aim in its climate change “action plan” for this year, the council said: “All events held by Enfield Council where catering is provided to offer only vegan or vegetarian options.”

The council has already declared a climate emergency, deputy leader Ian Barnes said, and the local authority aims to be carbon neutral by 2030.

“The emergency is real and the action to remedy it must be local, national and global,” Mr Barnes wrote in the climate report’s foreword. Ensuring the council is carbon neutral in 10 years means “taking bold and sometimes unpopular action”, he added.

The move has been met with some criticism. Mo Metcalf-Fisher of the Countryside Alliance branded the decision to ban meat an “awful move”. He wrote on Twitter: “A ban demonstrates no understanding of how meat in this country is produced.

“Thanks to UK farming practices, it’s among the most sustainable in the world. No surprise there was limited public consultation with this one… awful move.”

Sam Calvert from The Vegan Society told the Evening Standard the society welcomes Enfield Council’s decision. “A comparison of even the lowest impact beef with plant protein such as peas shows that beef is responsible for six times more greenhouse gasses and 36 times more land,” said Ms Calvert.

“For councils that have declared a Climate Emergency this would be a simple policy to enact which would have a positive impact. We hope other councils and public sector organisations will be inspired to follow Enfield Council’s lead.”

Original source: https://www.standard.co.uk